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Pushing the Limits: Motion
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This public program is an investigation into humanity’s relationship with motion, whether it’s the motion of a powerful force or the motion a person might take to alter that force. Sometimes motion is a slower process, such as person’s journey through life, and the changes that one encounters on that journey.  
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Scenes from “Pushing the Limits: Motion”
Science in Everyday Life
As a young man, Darrell Petry left his family’s ranch and moved to Houston. But the flash and glamor of city living drained his emotional core, and Darrel realized he wanted to return to his roots, and commit to his family’s rodeo heritage.

He was recently re-elected to the position of SW Director of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association – and he is the first Black man to hold the prestigious position. Identity politics play a role in his life, and Darrell considers himself fortunate to represent cowboys, his family, and his town.  

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Watch Darrel’s story here, or select the video icon at the bottom of the page to download it to your computer. Note that the button on the bottom right of the video will make the video go to “full screen” mode. In full screen mode you will have the control at the bottom of the screen to advance and rewind. After viewing, you can select the esc key to escape full screen.


Darrell Petry
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Prepare for Your Book Club

Select a book for your program so you can name it in your marketing materials, and begin developing your discussion questions.

Marketing your Program

We recommend starting your planning and marketing at least 2-3 months before your program date. Please note that instructions for appropriate credit are included in the Marketing and Communications Plan Template. At minimum, the following program credit line must appear in all published materials relating to Pushing the Limits:

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.”

Program Resources

DOWNLOAD THE SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE VIDEO *
Download Darrell’s story here. This video is approximately twelve minutes long and may take several minutes to download. We recommend that you download all the files for your public program, rather than stream them from this website.

DOWNLOAD PROMOTIONAL VIDEO *
Download a one-minute video that you can use to promote the program through your own website.

CREATE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES *
Create a list of short readings related to this topic. You and your science partner may want to use these as additional examples in your program, or they may lead to ideas for customizing the programs for your own community. Unit nine contains a worksheet to help you do this.

* Videos are to be viewed only as part of the Pushing the Limits program,
and copies may be distributed outside of the library only if accompanied by a copy of
this document.

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